Labor Day Weekend travel

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NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - The roads are expected to be very busy with more than a million North Carolina residents planning trips this Labor Day weekend.

The AAA office on Oleander Drive has been helping several people prepare for their last summer vacations.

"We've been very busy today, especially in our map department and tours, trip tickets and hotels," says Sarah Hall, AAA.  "We've been doing a lot of those."

The next three days will not mean time off for law enforcement though; that includes setting up checkpoints for speeders and people driving under the influence of alcohol.

"If they're out there, we will take action and remove them from the roadways," says Sgt. T.T. Daniels, State Highway Patrol.

While law enforcement warns people to drive safe this weekend, AAA travel agents want to warn travelers who are taking advantage of vacations deals to make sure they read the fine print.

"Pack properly because the airlines are charging you now for extra baggage and you can't carry on certain liquids," says Hall.

You may want to "pack" your patience along with your belongings, as you may experience a longer drive time than usual on this holiday weekend.

As everyone enjoys a relaxing Labor Day weekend, law enforcement would like to remind everyone to drive safe and to not drink and drive.  Last year at this time, four people died in car crashes in North Carolina.

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